Still looking for the perfect gifts? Shop Local this holiday and support awesome YEG artists and makers! Check out The Maker’s Keep in Kingsway Mall and The Brewery District, or the RAAS Market in WEM for a bunch of local goods all in one place, or search out some of the following local gems:
1. For the Love of Honey is my favourite skin care product. It takes off my makeup before bed and moisturizes me in the morning. Check out the full line of Craft Beauty, a metamorphosing line of all natural and organic beauty products that LOVE your skin, hair and spirit, are free from chemicals, preservatives and testing on animals made right here in YEG.
2. Every month I eagerly await the arrival of my #YEG Box, a curated collection of quality products from local artisans in the Edmonton area. Visit the YEG Box Co online and buy a box or gift subscription for someone you love!
3. 559 Toys (for infants+) are well made, developmentally nurturing and so beautiful. I adore them – some of you may have noticed my “special edition” unshape autos in the studio – so fun! The littles in your life deserve the best, so head to the website and take a look!
4. Kristine MacDonald is the brilliant yeg maker behind Smithstine and this stunning copper jewellery. Check out her designs, inspired by Edmonton, the prairies and Alberta’s diverse landscape and wildlife.
5. Fruits of Sherbrooke is a not-for-profit company that makes delicious sauces, jellies and jams from rescued urban fruit and gives back to help feel the hungry of our city. Find their products at the Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market and a bunch of local retailers!
6. Red Balloon Pie Co’s Caramels: find these small batch delights in a number of unique flavours (including salted, coffee, goat milk and apple pie) at the Little Brick Café and the District Café & Bakery, as well as other local retailers.
8. Confetti Sweets: Get the Coconut Cookies. Seriously. And I’m not a huge fan of coconut. I am, however, a HUGE fan of these cookies. With locations in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, and available at farmer’s markets across the province, it’s easy to get your cookie fix!
9. Drop into Salgado Fenwick on 124 St and check out their handcrafted, small-batch silk screen pieces for women, men, kids and the home. Made from in-house graphic design, their designs are quirky, memorable and super wearable!